Developing Social Policy
Topic: Family Violence policy (state e.g. WA, NSW, Vic)
Assessment : Individual Written essay Policy analysis (30%)
Due Date: Week 6
Word count: 1200 words
Using family violence policy topic, you will need to write the essay by answering the following questions.
Using the concepts and literature provided in this unit, and through your own independent research, undertake an analysis of the policy. Your analysis will:
1. Provide a brief history of this policy in Australia, key moments of change in either the problem and/or the policy and key social and political drivers of that change.
2. Describe and discuss the ideological influences apparent in the policy as it stands today (use the Fenna reading). Justify your selection.
3. Provide an example of a similar response to this issue in another jurisdiction e.g. UK, USA
4. Evaluate the extent to which this policy contributes to a more “socially just” Australia – this may require a definition of Social Justice found in the key readings.
5. Provide an example of another welfare regime’s response to a similar problem.
6. Evaluate the extent to which this policy contributes to a more socially just Australia.
7. The paper will demonstrate that you understand:
8. That welfare and social policy is contested. (There are many points of view).
9. How history influences current policy and a history of your policy topic
10. The meaning and influence of ideology in social policy and you can identify ideologies in policy documents.
11. Key features of another welfare regime
12. The meaning of social justice, one or two theories of social justice and an ability to recognise approaches to social justice in current policy
The essay will follow formal essay structure including an introduction, a body with your main points, and a conclusion that summarizes your points and reiterates your position on the question of social justice.
The literature will include at a minimum the required reading for this unit, a primary source policy document, relevant textbook chapters on this policy topic and, 5 peer reviewed journal articles to add depth to your analysis. You cannot use sentences or quotes directly from web pages. Publications can be sourced from government web pages or non-government peak organisation web pages which will need to be fully referenced.
The essay will follow APA7 academic formatting and referencing. Please see the SAP203 Unit Outline for the Marking Criteria.

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Introduction
Family violence is a serious social problem that affects millions of people around the world. In Australia, it is estimated that one in three women and one in four men will experience some form of family violence in their lifetime. The cost of family violence to the Australian economy is estimated to be $29 billion per year.

The Australian government has a number of policies in place to address family violence. These policies include:

The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic)
The Domestic Violence Protection Act 2007 (NSW)
The Family Violence Protection Act 2005 (WA)
These policies aim to prevent family violence, protect victims of family violence, and hold perpetrators of family violence accountable.

History of Family Violence Policy in Australia
The history of family violence policy in Australia is a long and complex one. The first government intervention in family violence in Australia came in the form of the Married Women’s Property Act 1879 (NSW). This Act gave married women the right to own property in their own name.

In the early 1970s, there was a growing awareness of the problem of family violence in Australia. This led to the establishment of a number of government-funded services for victims of family violence, such as refuges and counselling services.

In the 1980s, the Australian government introduced a number of new policies to address family violence. These policies included the Family Violence Act 1987 (NSW) and the Family Violence Act 1989 (WA).

In the 1990s, the Australian government continued to focus on addressing family violence. This led to the introduction of a number of new policies, such as the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) and the Domestic Violence Protection Act 2007 (NSW).

In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on the issue of family violence in Australia. This has led to the introduction of a number of new policies, such as the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032.

Ideological Influences on Family Violence Policy
There are a number of ideological influences on family violence policy in Australia. These ideologies include:

Feminism: Feminism is a belief in the social, economic, and political equality of women and men. Feminist theory has been influential in shaping the way that family violence is understood and responded to in Australia.
Social constructionism: Social constructionism is a theory that argues that reality is socially constructed. This means that the way that we understand family violence is shaped by our social and cultural context.
Individualism: Individualism is a belief in the importance of individual freedom and responsibility. This ideology has been influential in shaping the way that family violence is responded to in Australia.
Similar Responses to Family Violence in Other Jurisdictions
The Australian government’s response to family violence is similar to the response of other governments around the world. In many countries, governments have introduced policies that aim to prevent family violence, protect victims of family violence, and hold perpetrators of family violence accountable.

For example, the United States government has a number of policies in place to address family violence. These policies include the Violence Against Women Act 1994 and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act 2000.

The United Kingdom government also has a number of policies in place to address family violence. These policies include the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2015.

Extent to Which Family Violence Policy Contributes to a More Socially Just Australia
The extent to which family violence policy contributes to a more socially just Australia is a complex issue. There is no doubt that the Australian government’s response to family violence has made a positive difference to the lives of many victims of family violence. However, there is still much more that needs to be done to address the problem of family violence in Australia.

One of the main challenges in addressing family violence is the lack of awareness of the problem. Many people still believe that family violence is a private matter that should not be interfered with. This lack of awareness can make it difficult for victims of family violence to get the help that they need.

Another challenge in addressing family violence is the stigma associated with it. Many victims of family violence are reluctant to report the abuse because they are afraid of being judged or blamed. This stigma can make it difficult for victims of family violence to get the support that they need.

Despite these challenges, the Australian government’s response to family violence has made a positive difference to the lives of many victims of family violence. The government’s policies have helped to increase awareness of the problem

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